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This week in the Alex Murdaugh murder trial

The murder trial of South Carolina attorney Alex Murdaugh continued this week and carried on last week’s dramatic proceedings, with new video evidence potentially negating Murdaugh’s alibi, and the defense accidentally opening the door for more damning evidence to be allowed in the courtroom.

This week, Murdaugh, who is accused of killing his wife and son in 2021 at the family’s estate, sat for the second week of hearings at the Colleton County Courthouse, where the prosecution presented new video evidence that could potentially destroy Murdaugh’s alibi for the murders. In the video, Murdaugh can be heard speaking at the family’s estate on the same day his wife and son were killed, just minutes before the murders are believed to have taken place. The video was taken by Murdaugh’s son, Paul, who is one of the victims. Murdaugh previously claimed to have left the estate long before his wife and son were killed.

In another dramatic twist, the defense appeared to shoot itself in the foot when it presented video footage of Murdaugh celebrating a birthday with family and friends. The prosecution now claims that since older evidence unrelated to the murders is allowed, they should be allowed to present evidence from before the murders that may implicate him in other crimes, including murder and financial crimes.

One of the incidents Murdaugh has been linked to this week is the mysterious death of his former housekeeper, Gloria Satterfield, who was found dead at Murdaugh’s estate in 2018. Her son, Tony, testified this week and claimed Murdaugh murdered his mother and stole a $4 million settlement from her family after her death. His testimony took place without the jury present so the judge could decide whether to allow older evidence in the trial.

The trial is set to resume on Monday and is expected to wrap up this week.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: LUKE MOCHERMAN

PHOTO CREDIT: THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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